Every year, Nintendo sends a trailer around the country allowing press to preview their upcoming holiday lineup. I have gotten to do it for about 4 years now and it is a blast to interact with these games before they are released. I played quite a bit during my 1 hour appointment and while I still did not get to play everything, I did get to play some rather fun games. all of these games are coming out later this year, most of them (if not all) are being released in November. So prepare your wallets folks.
Note that these thoughts are still initial and the final product may differ compared to what I had played. The games I mention can change at any point by the time this article was written and the game’s release. As always, more information can be found on Nintendo’s website including release dates, screenshots, videos and more.
Sonic Boom 3DS
Sonic Boom is a reboot of the Sonic franchise. It sort of needed it and SEGA has an opportunity to make Sonic a mainstay in gaming that isn’t the ass end of every joke. While the designs are somewhat questionable, the gameplay of the 3DS version is great. It plays very well and the level design is brilliant. The game will follow the show as well, so expect some kind of tie-ins.
Super Smash Bros for the Wii U
I got to play some of this game at E3 and spent a bit of time with the 3DS version. I have to say that the Wii U version is the best version to play. With a level editor, a roster of 40 Nintendo characters and even Gamecube controller support. This will certainly make the Wii U see more units. Not to mention the game is visually fantastic.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Remember that minigame in the Mario Bros Wii U game? It was the one where you play as Toad and you use the environment to solve puzzles. Well he is now getting his own game! Filled with plenty of puzzles the game’s demo had three different levels to play and I am happy to see variety in the gameplay. It is not all puzzles, there are even boss fights!
Nintendo acquired the rights to Bayonetta and decided to make it a Wii U exclusive. I played the first one and could never get into it. The combat was very stiff and clunky, it had excessive fan service and the story was kind of average due to a lack of really memorable characters besides the lady who would get practically naked during a fight. The second game however improves on one of these, the gameplay. Baynetta 2 has a great combat flow to it and the controls are incredibly easy to learn. There is still a lot of fan service and a guy with a terrible sense of fashion, but hey, the game looks great so far.
While technically not a videogame. A few of the Amiibo figures were on display in the bus and they looked awesome. When I inquired about the Amiibo compatible 3DS, I was unfortunately met with news that there are currently no plans to bring it to the states. At least we can still use them on the Wii U. The Link figure can soon be used with Hyrule Warriors as well, I feel like these figures will innovate Nintendo’s games like we never could have imagined.